For those of us who call Greater Palm Springs home, we don’t have to travel far to totally get away. After all, where else do you find swaying palm trees, breathtaking mountain views and endless sun-kissed skies right outside your front door?

And with a variety of outstanding resorts offering great rates, world-class attractions for all ages and crave-worthy restaurants throughout our nine cities, this SoCal oasis is the ultimate staycation destination.

Planning a staycation is the perfect way to relax and unwind while saving time and money. Find your oasis in your own backyard with this guide to the perfect Greater Palm Springs staycation.

Where to Stay

Hang by the Pool at The Saguaro Palm Springs

Pool at the Saguaro Palm Springs

Nothing beats catching some rays at the beautiful Saguaro Hotel & Pool in Palm Springs. This bright and colorful hotel features newly updated rooms, in-room dining and a refreshing swimming pools with rates starting at $89 per night with valid CA license.

Looking to sip, swim and lounge? Their pool bar serves everything from punches and boozy frozen drinks to fresh fruit and snacks. Grab a good book and your favorite shades and lay back to enjoy the view.

Splash Around at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa

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Dive in and feel refreshed at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & SpaThis modern resort's newest attraction—HyTides Plunge Waterpark—is nothing short of spectacular. Zip down dueling, water slides. Float down a 450-foot lazy river. Or play with the kids in the splash pad. 

Book an unforgettable staycation at this stunning property and enjoy spacious rooms with dazzling views, cocktails by the pool and much more. Now through September 22, take advantage of their Summer Stay & Play Package.

DoubleTree by Hilton Golf Resort Palm Springs

There is no reason to think about long travel when you can be sipping chilled cocktails poolside and taking in the mountain views. Mid-week room rates start at $79 for Coachella Valley residents. For more details, click here.

Residents of Greater Palm Springs can enjoy special packages like these and more, start your planning here.

What to Do

Explore Wildlife at The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens

Giraffe At The Living Desert Zoo

Discover the wonders of the world’s deserts without ever leaving Greater Palm Springs. The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, established in 1970, aims to provide desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation and is ranked in the top 1% of all attractions in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.

This nonprofit zoo is home to a variety of fascinating creatures, from bearded dragons and bobcats to giraffes and jaguars. Their newest exhibit, Australian Adventures, features animals from the land down under, including bouncing Bennett's wallabies, playful emus and singing kookaburra. Enjoy immersive experiences such as animal encounters, discover native flora on a nature walk and get the chance to feed a giraffe!

Explore the La Quinta Museum

Take your family and explore the history of where you live! This museum showcases La Quinta's history and cultural arts through displays on two floors. Admission to the museum is free and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What to Eat

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From street tacos and perfectly cooked steak to mouthwatering pizzas and farm-fresh vegan eats, the flavors of Greater Palm Springs offer something for every appetite. This summer, take advantage of the Summer Eats Pass where you will be entered to win a weekly drawing with each restaurant check-in. Whatever your preference, this culinary oasis never disappoints! 

Make the most out of your dream staycation by exploring more attractions in our nine cities with this guide on Things to Do in Greater Palm Springs this Summer.